Masaki Sushi Wok

Masaki’s Got Cartagena’s Sushi Market Wrapped Up With its Superior Sashimi, Nigiri and Makis

Sushi restaurants live and die on the talents of their itamae and Cartagena’s standout sushi restaurant, Masaki Sushi Wok, has locked down the city’s top sushi chef, Victor Marquez.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Sushi pizza: a Cartagena invention that will rock your world!
    • Superior sushi chef, Victor Marquez, loves his job and is always in the house
    • People watching from the front tables. Somethings always happening at street level
    • Top sashimi cuts and sushi rolls with some tropical flavours
    • Affordable sushi that puts some of its over-priced rivals to shame
  • What You Need To Know

    • Masaki Sushi Wok is open all day. Great for when the midday snack craving hits you hard after a day of sightseeing
    • Masaki is open from Sunday to Thursday from midday to 23.00, and Fridays and Saturday from midday to midnight
  • The Details

    Type of Food: Sushi

    Hours and Days: Sun-Thurs: 12:00-23:00 - Fri-Sat: 12:00-00:00 ?

    Price Range: $$

    Address: Calle del Colegio 34-32, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: Centro

    Rating: TIC User Rating

    Rating: Trip Advisor


    Our Full Review

    Few of Cartagena’s chefs seem to enjoy their job as much as Masaki’s Victor Marquez. Cartagena’s king of California (rolls), clearly gets a kick out of being at the board and his enthusiasm comes through in the lovingly prepared nigiris, makis and temakis served at Masaki Sushi Wok.

    There’s more to this place than the simplicity of a salmon sashimi, there’s a fun-loving vibe that shines through with a menu every bit as packed to the brim as the restaurants rolls and temakis.

    The myriad menu options highlight how Masaki’s sushi chef isn’t scared of experimenting with the fine art of fish, blending Cartagena’s tropical flavours with other traditional Nikkei fusions.

    Up top on Masaki’s marvelous menu are the traditional sushi classics, executed to perfection with the freshest of ingredients, the sashimi platters are served with all the precision expected of a top-notch sushi joint.

    With great service to match the talents of Masaki’s Itamae - it’s all too easy to move through the gears into Marquez’ more stimulating specials.

    Favourites with the locals include the Masaki Special, a smart maki that combines crab, eel tempura and crispy king prawn diced to perfection and topped with two special house sauces.

    Perhaps the pinnacle of Marquez’ playful menu is the signature dish, an unbeatable Cartagena invention, the sushi pizza.

    Far from a double dose of dough, the sushi pizza is an explosion of flavours and textures, with fresh smoked salmon and avocado heaped atop a crispy bed of rice. It has to be tried.

    Other sushi specials include some fiery tuna or salmon rolls topped with hot sauce that kicks like a Cartagena mule, or a Scorpion roll with some serious sting in its tail.

    This tempura treat is filled with salmon, crab, eel, avocado and masago covered in ninja and eel sauce to devastating affect.

    There’s even ceviche specials and wok-fried rice options for hungry diners that want to fill their boots before diving into the nocturnal antics playing out in Masaki’s trendy neighbours – Alquimico and La Jugada.

    Masaki’s rough-cut contemporary interiors draw a young crowd that have made this their preferred place to start an evening in the heart of Cartagena’s nightlife options.

    Seats at the restaurant’s front tables are in high demand with a ring-side seat on the nocturnal flow outside and the chance to admire Marquez doing his thing at the board.


  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century. 

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

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